02:57 PM EDT 05/20/2015
Originally posted 05/18/2015 07:00AM
"You only like the beginnings of things," someone once told Don Draper (Jon Hamm). Well, Don isn't the only one. As viewers, we love the beginnings of things: Remember the excitement of discovering this little 1960s drama eight years ago on some channel called AMC? The beginnings are always so full of possibility. Maybe that’s why, for all of our wild theories about what will happen, the endings never satisfy us.
As I wrote last week, it's often hard to tell the difference between endings and beginnings on Mad Men. Don Draper keeps starting over, only to find himself right back where he started. This show is a time machine, going backward and forward, always taking us back to the same place. "You can put this behind you," Don tells Anna's (Melinda Page Hamilton) niece, Stephanie (Caity Lotz). "It's easier if you move forward." But moving forward is moving backward. Progress doesn't exist.
Originally posted 05/17/2015 05:25PM
All good things must come to an end – and that cliché extends to great things like Mad Men.
"The last day of shooting was so sad," costume designer Janie Bryant tells PEOPLE of being on set for the last day of filming the AMC drama's seventh – and final – season. "The whole entire cast showed up on set. And, with each actor wrapping their last scene, everyone was just crying like crazy."
Originally posted 05/16/2015 03:20PM
As the series finale of Mad Men nears, fans have started tallying up the show's most unforgettable scenes – moments both moving and motivational, not to mention shocking and occasionally shudder-inducing (it will be a long time before anyone forgets that lawn mower accident).
But what are the highlights (and lowlights) for the actors who have built the world of AMC's hit series from the page up?
Below, cast members Jon Hamm, Kiernan Shipka, Elisabeth Moss and January Jones share some of their standout moments as their iconic characters.
Originally posted 03/31/2015 07:20PM
While Mad Men fans won't know for sure until Sunday's premiere, it's been widely speculated online that the second half of the show's final season won't pick up where the first half left off. In fact, it may skip ahead … to the 1970s.
It may seem hard to imagine Mad Men in any time period other than the '60s, but how else to explain those outfits? Or the trailer's use of Diana Ross's "Love Hangover," which debuted in 1976? And most importantly, what will happen to our beloved but broken characters in this new decade?
We let our imaginations run wild.
Originally posted 03/26/2015 05:15PM
They grow up so fast. Just five years ago, Jon Hamm was a beardless, suit-wearing guy from … oh, we're talking about his costar Kiernan Shipka? Whoops!
Originally posted 07/19/2014 09:00AM
We rounded up two red carpet looks we were loving and one that didn't rev our engines
Originally posted 04/13/2014 07:30PM
Apparently certain Mad Men fans are like the show's narrative progress or one of Betty's dinner parties or from-scratch cakes: they take their time and don't rush it.
So before the last season kicks off Sunday on AMC at 10 p.m., here is what you need to know (warning: if you are a binge-watcher and haven't gotten to season six, stop reading now or forever hold your spoiler-griping):
Originally posted 04/13/2014 03:00PM
The 14-year-old's style is better than ours
Originally posted 03/29/2014 02:10PM
This is apparently the dress for spring
Originally posted 01/18/2014 12:35PM
Flowers in the Attic is the rare Lifetime movie (it airs Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT) that can't simply be written off as a Lifetime movie. It's so pure and perverse an example of American Gothic, I felt compelled to read the original VC Andrews novel to try and comprehend what sort of imagination could hatch such a nutty story – a fairy tale, really, that somehow combines Hansel and Gretel and The Blue Lagoon. In Virginia horse country.
Flowers, both the book and the new movie, is completely absurd – if you want to gauge the absurdity, just know that one of the darkest secrets in the narrative involves a doughnut – but somehow also psychologically coherent. It has a grip.
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